Headache Through the Ages Hardcover – Jan 2005
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As a neurologist who has suffered from migraine headaches since my first year of medical school and a head pain specialist who has seen over 10,000 patients since 1978, I am puzzled why this book was written. The historical descriptions regarding the cause(s) of head pain are unlikely to interest non-physicians. Knowing that some famous people suffered from migraine may have provided some solace to migraine sufferers when physicians believed that migraine was a psychosomatic disorder -- caused by the "resentments and dissatisfactions of life" (Harold G. Wolff). Now that the neural basis of migraine is firmly established, such reassurance seems unnecessary.
Migraine has a prevalence of 11% in the general population (6% of men and 18% of women). Approximately 1 out of 4 women around the age of 40 suffer from migraine. It is hardly surprising that prominent writers, artists, actors, peformers, doctors, generals, and politicians have experienced migraine headaches. Migraine can afflict celebrities and criminals. There is no evidence (unfortunately) that migraine confers special intelligence, talent, or wisdom.